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Missouri NRCS Sets June 15 Application Cutoff for Organic Transition Initiative for FY 2023 Funding

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Missouri Organic Transition Initiative

NRCS-Missouri is accepting applications through June 15, 2023 for the Organic Transition Initiative.

COLUMBIA, Mo., May 12, 2023 – The Missouri Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Organic Transition Initiative (OTI) funding. Applications received through June 15, 2023, will be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2023.

Funding for OTI supports conservation practices required for organic certification. The initiative will help build new and better markets and income streams, strengthen local and regional food systems and increase affordable food supply for more Americans, while promoting climate-smart agriculture and ensuring equity for all producers.

NRCS can help producers develop a conservation plan that meets their goals and can often help with financial assistance to implement elements of the conservation plan,” said State Resource Conservationist Selma Mascaro. “The organic transition period can be challenging for producers, and NRCS is here to help.”

NRCS is dedicating $70 million across the nation to assist producers with a new organic management standard under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Missouri will administer its allocated funds through financial and technical assistance to producers to address natural resource concerns. Higher payment rates and other options are available for Historically Underserved producers, including socially disadvantaged, beginning, veteran and limited resource farmers and ranchers.

While applications are accepted year-round, applications submitted by June 15 will be considered for the next available funding. Applications received after June 15 will be considered during the next funding cycle. To apply, contact your local district conservationist by visiting

OTI complements existing assistance for organic producers, including FSA’s Organic Certification Cost Share Program, which helps producers obtain or renew their organic certification. Learn more about the national, multi-agency effort to coordinate a $300 million investment to support organic and transitioning producers.

For more information about NRCS programs and assistance, visit or contact the NRCS service office serving your county. NRCS employees in county offices can provide more information about how to apply for benefits offered by NRCS.


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